Alfred William Savary

Alfred William Savary, QC (10 October 1831 – 30 March 1920) served as a Nova Scotia member of the 1st Canadian Parliament for the Digby riding.

Alfred William Savary
Alfred William Savary.jpg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Digby
In office
Succeeded byEdwin Randolph Oakes
Personal details
Born(1831-10-10)10 October 1831
Plympton, Nova Scotia
Died30 March 1920(1920-03-30) (aged 88)
Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia[1]
Political partyAnti-Confederate (1867-1869)
Spouse(s)Bessie Cruickshanks
(d. 1887)
(m. 1892)
Eliza Theresa Hunt Savary

Savary was born in Plympton, Nova Scotia, the son of Sabine Savary and Olivia Marshall, and was educated at King's College in Windsor, Nova Scotia. He was called to the New Brunswick bar in 1857 and to the Nova Scotia bar in July 1861.[2] Savary practised law in Digby, Nova Scotia. He was also editor of the New Brunswicker. In 1872, he was named Queen's Counsel. Savary was married twice: to Bessie Crookshank Otty in 1877 and to Eliza Theresa Hunt in 1892.[1]

Savary ran unsuccessfully for the Digby seat in the Nova Scotia assembly in 1863.[1]

He was elected under the Anti-Confederation Party banner to the new Canadian Parliament in 1867, but became a Conservative in 1869. He won re-election to the 2nd Canadian Parliament in 1872, but was defeated in the following election in 1874.

Savary was the author of:

  • A genealogical and biographical record of the Savery families (Savory and Savary) and of the Severy family (Severit, Savery, Savory and Savary) ... published in 1893
  • History of the county of Annapolis: including old Port Royal and Acadia ..., published in 1897[3]

He served as county court judge for the 3rd District in Nova Scotia from 1876 to 1907.[1]

Savary died at his home in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia approximately 02:40 on 30 March 1920 after losing consciousness several days earlier. He was among the final surviving members of the first modern Canadian parliament as only Albert Hagar outlived Savary.[4][5]

Electoral recordEdit

1867 Canadian federal election: Digby
Party Candidate Votes
Anti-Confederation Alfred William Savary 792
Unknown John Chipman Wade 497
Unknown William Mehan 362
1872 Canadian federal election: Digby
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative Alfred William Savary acclaimed
1874 Canadian federal election: Digby
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal–Conservative E.R. Oakes 1,168
Conservative Alfred William Savary 631
1882 Canadian federal election: Digby
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal William Berrian Vail 1,123
Conservative John Chipman Wade 871
1887 Canadian federal election: Digby
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative John Campbell 1,459
Liberal William Berrian Vail 1,364


  1. ^ a b c d Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada.
  2. ^ Morgan, Henry J. (1869). Canadian Parliamentary Companion.
  3. ^ Calnek, William Arthur; Savary, Alfred William (1897). History of the county of Annapolis: including old Port Royal and Acadia : with memoirs of its representatives in the provincial parliament, and biographical and genealogical sketches of its early English settlers and their families. William Briggs. Retrieved 19 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Judge A. W. Savary Dies in Nova Scotia / Was Last Surviving Member of the Confederation Parliament of Canada". The Toronto World. 31 March 1920. p. 6. Retrieved 19 March 2010.
  5. ^ "Judge Savary Has Passed Away / One of Last Surviving Members of Confederation Parliament". The Globe. 31 March 1920. p. 2.

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